Escape Plan. Even though Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone can get out of a high-tech prison that’s sealed off from the world in an enormous cargo ship, they are unable to escape from the Misfits’ enthusiasm for their new film.
Captain Phillips and A Hijacking are as different in execution as they are similar in subject matter. Captain Phillips, although presented in a straightforward, almost documentary style, still embraces many of the Hollywood conventions in terms of character and structure. A Hijacking, on the other hand, presents a more fragmented, dispassionate story, the moments of repressed fear and anger resulting in a steady, building, cumulative intensity, which is both involving and sometimes frustrating for a viewer. The Misfits weigh the pros and cons of these two filmmaking approaches, and also ask the question, “Who is the captain?” and wonder, “Does anyone really want to be the captain?”
The Exorcist, Jaws, and Psycho. Each one of these films spawned a sequel, bastard offspring that, for the most part, the creators of the original versions refused to have anything to do with. In this Bonus Halloween Episode, the Misfits take a second look at Exorcist II: The Heretic, Jaws 2, and Psycho II, and find that while these are flawed films, lost in the shadows cast by their predecessors, they do have their own small ambitions and marginal successes. They are also, in many cases, unintentionally laugh-out-loud funny.
2 Guns. It has all the elements found in a Tarantino film: a crazy diner scene, a non-linear timeline, and a couple of bickering anti-heroes exchanging clever quips. Unfortunately, what it doesn’t have is Quentin Tarantino.
The Sapphires. This film is a lot like a cover version of a classic American hit performed by a foreign band. Just different enough to be interesting, and while not particularly original, makes up for it with a lot of energy and heart.
R.I.P.D. Maybe the ad campaign for this film should have been a variation on the old Certs commercial. “It’s a ripoff of Men in Black.” “No, it’s a ripoff of Ghostbusters.” “No, it’s two, two, two ripoffs in one!”